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Saturday, June 28th 2014, 4:03pm

News of the United Kingdoms of the Netherlands 1945

14 January
The Queen’s face froze a moment as she gazed at a portrait of her mother, hanging on the wall. Even so her face did not betray her thoughts. “Is there no mistake Cornelius? You are quite sure?” Dr. Cornelius van Poortvliet had been the Queen’s private physician for twenty-eight years, he knew the news had come to no surprise to her and that she would bear it. “I’m afraid not, the tests were conclusive. My colleague Dr. Fischer was very through. By our diagnosis you have a year, maybe a little longer. We of course could try an operation, but it would be risky.” “I understand.” The Queen smiled, “You would do your best I know. Dear friend, I do entrust that no word of this will go beyond these walls and those who know of this matter.” “Do not worry, you know I would never breathe a word of this and Dr. Fischer would not either your Majesty.” “I know you would not, but there is so much dependent on me, sometimes I feel I have to hold my territories together myself. I only pray I’ll have the strength to accomplish what needs to be done.”

[This is strict OOC knowledge for now]

15 January
Crown Prince William cut short his skiing holiday in Switzerland and was observed by press reporters at Berne, where he boarded a KLM flight to Amsterdam. He refused to make any statement to the crowd of reporters outside the terminal.

27 January
Lodewyk van der Berg, former prime minister and leader of the Catholic Rooms-Katholieke Volkspartij today presented a bold report to the Cabinet which is the most important document for the United Kingdoms in generations and which no doubt will prove as divisive as it is inclusive. At a press conference this afternoon Mr. van der Berg described his ‘Confederation Plan’ as “the roadmap to a unified political bloc under which all the United Kingdoms will share prosperity, justice and protection in a union that will be truly global in its span and a tower of strength to all its members.”

The aim is to design a unified political structure for the Low Countries and the member nations of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands that will:
1. Allow for mutual foreign and economic policies
2. Provide for mutual defence
3. Allow the economies of the Provinces to grow at disparate rates within a unified system
4. Allow for the richer economies to provide capital to the poorer, leading to fast growth and good return on investments
5. How to ensure some common values and rights
6. How to preserve strongly individual societies
7. Allow provincial areas towards to sovereignty within the overall framework.

These aims will be met by a series of policies:
1. A Bill of Rights which would establish minimal rights for all peoples and faiths. It would include the right to education and languages. Each nation would commit to teaching Dutch in addition to a native tongue and a foreign tongue. The Dutch native speakers would have to learn a Confederated tongue. All bureaucrats would have to demonstrate proficiency in the language of the area posted.
2. A ruling council representing the nations would be created, with a Monarch as head. This would also serve as a constitutional court to validate elections and signal agreement on member nations forming treaties outside the Confederation. The council would also decide when a military action by all was required. The council would generally act by 2/3rds majority, the exception being when judging elections/constitutionality of a nation, that nation would not vote.
3. The Monarch would be designated as the head of the House of Orange, or the next in line of succession if the head of household was not at age of majority.
4. All Heir Apparent, Monarchs, and Prime Ministers would be subject to being found unfit for service and disqualified only by a supermajority vote of the council, followed by a majority vote of the non-involved nations parliaments.
5. The member nations would become a series of constitutional monarchies led by the House of Orange. The Dutch East Indies would be ruled by constitutional monarchs drawn from the native nobility.
6. A centralised Customs Union and coast guards would be founded, with a nominal tariff funding.
7 Each Nation would have to contribute a percentage of their annual tax income to a central treasury. This would fund both the Council, and common armed forces for defence.
8. A central treasury would be entrusted with minting coinage, controlling the primary currency and any secondary currencies pegged to it, controlling debts and loans and deciding on joint monetary policies.

28 January
Press and political reactions to the Confederation Plan:

Editorial in the newspaper De Telegraaf; “This common sense plan combines all that is needed to enforce liberalisation of economic and social shackles to let free economic growth and growing prosperity for all areas of the United Kingdom, backed up by financial probity and political solidity.”

Editorial in the newspaper De Volkskrant; “The van der Berg Plan is grand in its scope and ambition but will it really improve the lot of the man on the street. Will they really benefit from additional layers of bureaucracy, additional taxes and many will ask should not the citizens of the East Indies and Kongo be looking towards attaining self-governance rather than perpetuating the rule of royal elites, whether they hail from our own royal dynasty or their own?”

Editorial in the newspaper Het Financieele Dagblad; “This Plan offers the stimulus so far lacking. The UKN cannot continue to thrive with lop-sided economic policies and the backing of the Queen’s own assets. The UKN must evolve and seek new avenues to secure the currencies and increase investment while maintaining a stable economy.”

Editorial in the newspaper Batavia Daily; “The Plan announced yesterday has been much rumoured and now that it comes to pass are we to merely praise the limited advances in freedoms announced to run our affairs? For as much as we gain rights, we loose control to a central body thousands of miles away. A Confederation built for the economic interests of The Hague may not represent our local interests.”

Spokesman for the De Mannen met Zeer Boze Blikken Partij (DMZSBD); “This is a dangerous document. For all its reforming zeal it could destabilise the entire UKN and drag it down and tear it apart. For once the natives get a sniff of the chance to break free, they will clamour to do so.”

Spokesman for the Social Democratic Workers' Party (Sociaal Democratische Arbeiders Partij, SDAP); “The Bills of Rights alone would be worth the price of this plan. It should ensure fair treatment and education for all and full recognition of the people who make up the nations of the planned Confederation. It may lead to much greater social reform, and only by sound political discussion can we gain that reform for the people and workers of all the member nations. We ask them to join with us in that discussion.”

6 February
In Suriname, a recreation football team, S.V. Robinhood, has been founded, by Anton Blijd. The purpose of the club is to offer poorer boys and men in central Paramaribo a chance to participate in a community activity. The name Robinhood was proposed by the club’s chairman, Mr. Nelom. The team hope to qualify to enter the Tweede Klasse (the third tier of Surinamese football leagues, and the Surinamese Football Association's first organized barefoot league) next year.


Sunday, June 29th 2014, 9:43pm


Lodewyk van der Berg, former prime minister and leader of the Catholic Rooms-Katholieke Volkspartij today presented a bold report to the Cabinet

An OOC question for clarification - is Heer van der Berg presently a member of the Cabinet? Or was he merely asked by the cabinet to prepare the bold report in question? It is not immediately clear whether, and does bear upon the matter.


Monday, June 30th 2014, 9:39am

Kirk described him as the father of Benelux, so I'm guessing he would be the brains behind this plan.
I would say that he is not in the Cabinet but asked to head a Committee upon the subject by the Cabinet and this is the committee's report (of course as usual the chairman hogs the credits!).

One OOC feature that will become apparent is the Royal hand guiding this from the background.


Tuesday, July 1st 2014, 12:04am

The way I read it is that he is no longer a member of the cabinet since it says that he is a 'former prime minister' and it does not mention him being another type of minister at this point. Since he is the leader of the Catholic Rooms-Katholieke Volkspartij he's still a member of parliament though and if enough people vote for him and the Rooms-Katholieke Volkspartij, he could still return to being a member of the cabinet. *goes off to vote for someone else* :D


Saturday, July 5th 2014, 10:18am

28 February
Today sees the culmination of a flurry activity at Naval Headquarters as mountains of paperwork were sorted in quick time and dozens of logistical tasks carried out in perhaps the quickest fashion at any time since the Great War. The reason was the transfer of two light cruisers and nine destroyers to the Navy from Belgium under a recent defence agreement. Yesterday the former CL-2 Del Commune commissioned as CL-33 Van Galen and her sister ship the CL-3 West Diep commissioned as the CL-34 Van Ghent. Today the former destroyers DD-10 to DD-18 commissioned as Z-100 to Z-108.

4 March
Amid weeks of heated press speculation and government silence and nondescript statements, Lodewyk van der Berg’s Confederation Plan today begins to be discussed in the Tweede Kamer (lower chamber).

14 March
The Volksraad, the People's Council for the Dutch East Indies, today handed a report to the Office of the Governor-General that a majority of representatives had a generally pro-opinion towards the Confederation Plan. The Governor-General Hubertus Johannes van Mook felt obliged to send their report to the Dutch government, but he also included his own doubts. In the view of his economic advisers the main economic benefits would be closer integration with the British and Australian markets and further afield penetration into the Americas. He felt the proposed Plan was too focused on Europe and that the distinct needs and politics of the East Indies had not been taken into account far enough.

20 March
A routine Bf-108 navigation training flight off the island of Mandul...
"Philip, what's that collection of huts along the shoreline?"
"There's nothing on my chart here."
"Some activity down there, a few boats on the shoreline."
"A lot of running around."
"We'd better take a look see, might be a bandit camp. Hang on."

The Bf-108 flies in a circle around the little camp of hastily constructed huts and a makes a few orbits.

"That guy raised a rifle at us."
"Better get on the radio Philip. You got a good location?"
"Yes. Hullo, this is two-five-nine, repeat two-five-nine. Situation report..."


Saturday, July 19th 2014, 10:04am

24 March
The government of the Dutch East Indies publicly announced today that additional naval patrols supported by maritime aircraft have begun along the northern coasts of the Sulu Sea and the Celebes Sea to counter suspected pirates and bandits fleeing from the Philippines. All ship owners and captains are advised that stop and search policies are now in force and that all ships without correct paperwork and permits may be prevented from docking and/or placed in quarantine until a through search of the vessel can be undertaken. This rule applies to all smaller and coastal craft, including fishing vessels.

25 March
Reports from the island of Mandul indicate that two members of the local police were shot whilst investigating a newly discovered migrant encampment.

29 March
The ex-Belgian liner Leopoldville has completed her conversion into a submarine depot ship and today commissioned as RT-2 Leopold and assigned to 2nd Support Division at Soerabaja. Another ex-Belgian liner, the Elisabethville, has also been converted into a submarine depot ship and commissioned as ST-3 Elisabeth with the 3rd Submarine Division at Den Helder on 19 March.

30 March
The new coastal submarine K-38 has commissioned and joined 6th Submarine Flotilla at Den Helder. She is the second of the K-37 Class to be built.


Saturday, July 19th 2014, 1:15pm

Were formal Springsharps posted somewhere for the conversion of the Leopoldville and Elizabethville? I've had no luck finding them. :(


Saturday, July 19th 2014, 2:34pm

Not yet no, maybe at some point as things catch up.


Saturday, August 2nd 2014, 2:22pm

1 April
At the Naval Dockyard at Den Helder a new light cruiser was laid down by the Commander of the Home Fleet, Admiraal Pieter de Vries who hammered in the first ceremonial rivet. The ship, to be commissioned as the HNLMS Sumatra, is the second ship of the Province Class which are armed with 5.9in guns and will be used for scouting and patrol work overseas.
The third K-37 Class submarine, K-39 was laid down at Burgerhouts in Den Hague today. The new fleet oiler Poolster was launched today at the Smit Yard in Ijmuiden. Her hull was launched by the Mayor’s wife.

10 April
Reports indicate that Luxembourg is very neutral on the Confederation Plan. There have been a number of Luxembourg legislatures call for greater integration over the years to represent a pro-integration party. However, it has become clear that this is a vocal minority, much like the situation in Flemish areas of Belgium. Luxembourg is an insecure nation, militarily and fiscally dependent on neighbours, but as the Peace Dividend grows, public opinion shows this issue is receding. The economic benefits are very welcome however and outweigh any lingering resentment towards Belgium for stealing half the Duchy with French help. Reports of political votes on the issue are unclear as to if or when this might happen.


Saturday, August 9th 2014, 10:51am

19 April
Admiraal Peinaar (ret) during the Tweede Kamer discussion that has finally begun denounces the Confederation Plan as being a Royalist plot to expand their dynasty at the expense of the Empire which will gain far too many rights and liberties and then want even more and tear themselves free from Dutch rule, removing all of the nation’s mineral wealth. Eduard Land tried to rebut these arguments but the entire party was not behind him and the session was broken up after a heated debate.

20 April
Outside the realm of the discussions within the Dutch Tweede Kamer, parties without seats also made press statements today. The Liberal State Party (Liberale Staatspartij "de Vrijheidsbond, LSP) is divided on the issue. The Social Democratic Workers' Party (Sociaal Democratische Arbeiders Partij, SDAP) also jumps onto the ‘No’ bandwagon given the lack of social policy and the effects the economic policies could have in the Netherlands.


Saturday, August 16th 2014, 9:49am

23 April
Further discussions take place in the Tweede Kamer today. The leader of the Vrijheidsbond (Freedom league-conservative party) backs the plan while the Arbeiders-Democratische Bond (Democratic Workers' league)and the Rooms-Katholieke Volkspartij RKVP (Catholic Peoples Party, RKVP) both oppose the plan. The Mannen met Zeer Boze Blikken Partij (DMZSBD) is divided but seems to favour the plan overall for nationalistic reasons more than anything else.

24 April
Confederation Plan vote in the Tweede Kamer. A heated and stormy affair which lasted well into the night.
The votes cast were:
For: 88
Against: 62
The Confederation Plan will therefore go to the Eerste Kamer (Upper Chamber) for further discussion.

27 April
Discussions on the Confederation begin in the Eerste Kamer (Upper Chamber).


Thursday, August 21st 2014, 10:13pm

1 May
The navy’s new Fleet Replenishment Ship, Cornelius Drebbel, was launched today at KM de Schelde in Vlissingen. The vessel should be completed by April next year and will be the first such vessels in Dutch service.

The Queen asks Crown Prince William to task the Queen's Investigative Service (QIS) into gathering information public opinion across the United Kingdoms and Provinces on the Confederation Plan. She specifically directs the organisation to penetrate the anti-Confederation Walloon political parties to sabotage their efforts and to begin a concerted propaganda campaign. Money is to be channelled to Flemish National Union via cover operations. [All strict OOC knowledge]

2 May
The government of the Kingdom of Kongo have asked the Queen to speak to their people on the Confederation Plan on the radio. A Foreign Affairs spokesman said the government would welcome any opportunity to strengthen ties with the Netherlands. Reports from the Kingdom are mixed, economic factors will probably be the decisive factor, but given the penetration of Dutch investment already its difficult to estimate how these bonds could be strengthened. At the same time, the Kingdom is relatively independent in its affairs and some metropolitan elites fear a return to a Colonial state.

7 May
A telegram from the Governor-General of Dutch Guiana broadly supporting the Confederation Plan was published in the newspaper De Telegraaf.


Thursday, August 21st 2014, 11:56pm

1 May
The navy’s new Fleet Replenishment Ship, Cornelius Drebbel, was launched today at KM de Schelde in Vlissingen. The vessel should be completed by April next year and will be the first such vessels in Dutch service.

The Queen asks Crown Prince William to task the Queen's Investigative Service (QIS) into gathering information public opinion across the United Kingdoms and Provinces on the Confederation Plan. She specifically directs the organisation to penetrate the anti-Confederation Walloon political parties to sabotage their efforts and to begin a concerted propaganda campaign. Money is to be channelled to Flemish National Union via cover operations. [All strict OOC knowledge]

That's never going to backfire if it gets leaked for public knowledge. A sure-fire thing, ayup.


Friday, August 22nd 2014, 9:57am

Relax, what can possibly go wrong...
Given what Kirk has said the QIS has pulled off in the past and carefully hiding the Queen's involvement, I'm sure its a safe as houses. The only snag is, the Queen is dying, the son runs the QIS and has his eyes on the throne. Does he think shuffling her off the throne before she wrecks his kingdom is a good idea? You folks have to make your own judgement on that... *whistles innocently*


Saturday, August 30th 2014, 10:07am

20 May
A new magazine has hit the nation’s newsstands today. The Elsevier's Geïllustreerd Maandschrift (Elsevier's Illustrated Monthly) has been reformatted as a magazine called Elsevier. The aim of magazine as laid down by the Director, Jan Pieter Klautz, is to take an independent position without any links to any political party or association.

21 May
The Belgian envoy delivered the letter from Prime Minister Pierlot to Prime Minister Herman Loeder, formally rejecting the Berg Plan. Within Dutch politics there has been some nervousness regarding the General Strike and adverse reactions across Belgium. Reports of some small independence rallies in Java have also fuelled some critics to speak out and say the Plan risks the stability of the United Kingdoms. It is proving that for some the Plan offers too much and for others too little.

29 May
At a meeting today by the Perakan Merchant and Business League, in front of reporters said they were very supportive of the economic benefits the Confederation Plan may bring to the East Indies. Critics say that owing to their Chinese descent and poor relations with locals who view them as rich outsiders and since the recent wars begun by China viewed with growing suspicion, the Perakan’s will always support the Dutch who provide their security.


Saturday, September 6th 2014, 2:57pm

4 June
In Batavia today in the Volksraad, representatives demanded a vote should be held on whether the Confederation Plan should be a policy the East Indies can decide for themselves. As this demand was released in a press conference, reports had already been received of agitation in several larger towns in Java. Meanwhile in Palembang, Sumatra independence movements have marched through the city peacefully. In Bengkulu, exiled former leader of the Partindo independence movement Soekarno, addressed a crowd advocating an uprising across Sumatra to severe “Indonesia from the Dutch imperialist bondage.”

6 June
Discussions in the Higher Chamber, the Eerste Kamer, have been going on now for five days and political commentators have noted that the discussions have bene more pessimistic given the reactions in Belgium and the visible politics of the left in recent weeks to stop the plan. Even so, political commentators have noted that in large parts of the country opinion among the people is fairly neutral and only in Zeeland and North Brabant are feelings particularly strong either way. News of stirrings in independence movements in the East Indies has also raised tensions within the government. Businessmen and traders have noted the uncertainty is causing economic damage.

7 June
Confederation Plan vote in Eerste Kamer. After a brief discussion it was decided to get on with the vote to avoid prolonging uncertainty any further.
The votes were:
For: 71
Against: 79
It is thought this vote will cause the government to abandon the plan, but it’s possible that given the mandate from the Tweede Kamer that another vote may be sought.

8 June
King Alexander of Orange in Kinshasa makes a neutral statement to the press on the Berg Plan. It is thought he supports the plan as do a third of the government, but several ministers, including the powerful Economics Minister believe it will harm economic growth and indeed shares in Union Minière du Haut-Katanga have already fallen in value. The King concluded his statement by saying that a national vote for the Kingdom of Kongo may not be necessary given the turn of events in the Netherlands.
Privately, Alexander fears the growth of a home grown independence movement seizing the opportunity to grow and threaten his rule.

9 June
The government has still not decided whether to press ahead with another vote. The Prime Minister has not made any statement despite pressure to do so.

In a generously but tastefully adorned room in Noordeinde Palace sat the Queen. Normally she was only in residence here during the winter and the staff had only just had enough time to get the room fit for her critical eye. The valet quietly knocked, “Crown Prince William has arrived Madam.”
In walked the Prince, dressed in a fashionable suit tailored for him in Antwerp and his hair was dyed to hide some of grey hairs now making their appearance. The Queen always disliked his dress sense; she felt it made him look like a diamond merchant. The Prince sat down on the plush seat and sank into the thick cushion. He remembered once playing with his tin soldiers on the floor of this room one sunny December morning when he was eight or nine. They exchanged greeting and small chat as the butler poured the coffee. Good old Prins had faithfully served the family for years and indeed had been present when the Prince was a boy. Finally he shuffled out of the room.

“William why have you summoned me here? Surely we could have met in the Huis ten Bosch?”
“Mother, there are reporters everywhere and these days any Royal meeting generates at least half a page of nonsense in print. No-one expects you to be here as everyone knows this is your winter residence.”
The Queen felt sometimes William was too secretive and had irrational fears. “William, you worry too much.”
William had a lot to get off his chest and he felt as though he had a lot to worry about; the future of his country and of his dynasty and that of the Family of Orange. “You have given me quite enough to worry about lately.”
The Queen waved her hand, “Cornelius is a cautious man, he says another six months but I say far longer than that.”
William shook his head, “No mother, it’s not your only your health but this misplaced emphasis on this crazy Confederation idea.”
There was a pause; the Queen had indeed seen this as the pinnacle of her reign, the desire to place the tight bonds within the family within the territories they ruled. “You back the idea too William, you know it’s the right thing for the future of all the United Kingdoms. To be united.”
“Yes, but you have taken this to extremes.”
“There is much good in van der Berg’s plan. It is democratic, would not any unfit member of our family, God forbid, be excluded from power? Would you not sit on a democratic council as its wise leader? Would not the Indies gain their own monarch to represent them? Is not all this fair?”
“Yes, it’s fair but a lot of people don’t trust the motives and they don’t like the idea of all power in the hands of one family nor they currency in the hands of one Treasury no matter how prosperous they may or may not become.”
“What are you saying?” The Queen’s voice was hard, she felt William was prevaricating in the face of a few protests from the left. Perhaps his social conscience.
“I’m saying mother, you have taken this too far and the effects are too severe,” the Queen flicked her wrist dismissively, “you must listen, you’ve alienated the Walloons, you’ve stoked bipartisanship the likes we’ve never had before for decades, you’ve stirred up the East Indies where the independence movement has found it voice and you damn well near ruined me too!” His coffee cup clattered against the elm tabletop.
“I? I have done nothing, merely given support to the government and van der Berg. If only others had more ambition and backbone. I expected more of you William. And what’s this about this ruining you?”
William was surprised by his mother’s lack of financial acumen at a time like this. “Surely you have read the financial reports mother? The share prices have fallen, there have been speculations, German and British bankers laughing all the way to the bank. My shares have lost a third of their value, Pieter tells me the family stocks have been affected. Even the Kongo income. You need to wake up to the dangers of pursuing this any further.”

The Queen shook her head; she could scarcely believe how the Belgian communists and ungrateful Walloons and a few Indian princes and failed teachers and fat greedy Germans could have conspired to bring her grandest ambitions to a halt. She shook her head, “No. No. I don’t think it is as bad as you say. We shall prevail, your department will soon smash any public support for the Communists and we can reinvest, I have some financial power still, the markets in The Hague listen to what I do. They will follow us.”
“They may but millions won’t. You have to see reason and stop all this before things get out of control. I’ve had worrying reports from Batavia, Alexander is fighting a powerful alliance of businessmen. It’s bad enough you’ve made me use the QIS for unconstitutional ends but you’ve made Juliaana twist that pompous old man Pierlot around her little finger.”
“How did you know about this,” the words hissed from the Queen’s lips, “did she tell you about this? It was in confidence.”
William coolly sipped his coffee, “No mother, she did not break her confidences with you. She never has.”
He put the coffee cup down, the Queen snatched her fan and began fanning herself vigorously. “Then how do you know about this?”
“I am head of the QIS, it’s my job to know things.”
The penny soon dropped, someone had been listening to her telephone calls. “So someone at the exchange has long ears. Thank God it was the QIS and only you know about this.”
“No it wasn’t an informer mother. It was… the British use the expression ‘tapping’ I think. Yes, a tap of the telephone at the exchange. A clever piece of electrics so you can record the conversations.”
“Who has done this?”
“We have.” The Queen realised the truth, the QIS was listening to her telephones. But why? Was it one of the staff? Were they plotting a communist plot against her? “Why has this been done William? Be truthful to me. Who is suspect within the household?”
William had carefully ordered surveillance of all the telephone lines into the three Palaces years ago. He knew the truth would either kill his mother or result in his disinheritance. Of course, he had the evidence of her ordering him to penetrate the anti-Confederation Walloon political parties, launching a propaganda campaign and channelling money to the Flemish National Union in various copies in various safe boxes. Just in case. He crossed his arms, “I gave the order to have all the lines in the Palaces kept under surveillance because I felt it was the wisest method to keep you safe. Don’t think there is no danger even here.”

The Queen felt weary, the stress was taking its toll of her body even her mind was still sharp. “What can we do?”
“William got up and paced about. The Confederation Plan has elements people like and aspects of it could be of great benefit. When I was little and didn’t like taking my medicine my nanny used to say it was easier in small doses.”
“Not my philosophy I can assure you.”
“No, but not everyone shares your philosophy. But if we give them the bits they like then one day they might take another spoonful, maybe another. And then one day we find we have achieved the same end with much less fuss.”
The Queen felt William was being too smart for his own good. “And how can you achieve this when everyone, as you say, hates the idea and when everyone is hurling themselves at the Palace gates demanding liberty?”
William returned from the window and sat down. “Easy. Rebrand and turn on the charm.”
The Queen was puzzled, why the hell did he have to show he was well educated in modern words all the time? “Rebrand?”
“Yes mother. Companies do it all the time, something stop selling so they give it a new box and a new name and it flies off the shelf. The names van der Berg and Confederation Plan stink. So get rid of them. Send the old fool off to some provincial university or Nieuw Guinea or something. Get some civil service nonentity to rewrite the Berg Plan in different words, leave out the bits they don’t like.”
The Queen shook her head, “You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool all the people all of the time. They would be suspicious.”
“Ah, but here is the masterstroke. You use your charm on Loeder to tell him the plan is dead, that he has listened to the people and has decided to remove all the bits they don’t like. Then we go on the charm offensive. We shift our propaganda to the Bill of Rights, that little document is a gem for it takes the sting out of the independence movement. We swamp the East Indies, Suriname and the Kongo with pro-Bill propaganda. God knows what has worked in the East Indies would work there too. We know this is what the Provinces really need. Bind every man and woman with the belief they are equal to any Dutch man or woman with equal rights and make sure they have a fair vote and they won’t notice a King or Prince above them. The current plan fails because the role of the House of Orange is too visible. Your greatest triumphs have been the products of silent work, the intervention in Bolivia, supplies of equipment to combat El Dettirir in Bahrat. Not when you’ve wrapped yourself in the flag and taken to a soapbox.”
The Queen sighed, “Perhaps William.”
“You know I am right.”
“Perhaps. I must think on it. I'm tired. I must rest. We will talk again before you leave.”


Sunday, September 7th 2014, 3:09am

Reading that is kind of difficult at present - could I ask you to insert a hard-return after each person's dialogue?


Sunday, September 7th 2014, 5:45am

Yes, it would be very helpful.


Sunday, September 7th 2014, 10:53am

Edited the text, I agree its more readable now. It's longer than I would write normally, but this is a critical stage.


Saturday, September 13th 2014, 10:37am

10 June
The 2nd Carrier Division, 3rd Carrier Division, 2nd Battle Division, 3rd Cruiser Division, 5th Cruiser Division, 1st Submarine Flotilla, 3rd Destroyer Squadron and the 5th Destroyer Squadron have begun three weeks of extensive exercises in the Eastern Indian Ocean. Exclusion zones have been posted to all mariner's notices. Live firing by ships and aircraft will be undertaken at several points of the exercise.

11 June
Sumatran politicians today voiced disquiet in an open letter to the press that Javanese political power allied with their great financial muscle from the oil fields could shackle the East Indies into a Confederation without the broad consent all provinces, though it did cautiously welcome the Bill of Rights as a step forwards. Soekarno has apparently appeared at a political rally beyond his exile area in Bengkulu.

15 June
The DEI Governor-General, Hubertus Johannes van Mook, said in a radio speech today that all representatives of all peoples and provinces of the East Indies would be able to voice their opinions at the Volksraad, the People's Council for the Dutch East Indies, and that any decisions would be democratically agreed. He did not make any personal statement on his views, despite rumours he is against the Confederation.